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Lauren Davidson Releases Optimistic “Soaking Up Every Second”

Swag Spotlight alum and local artist, Lauren Davidson, is back with a new single, “Soaking Up Every Second”, a positive anthem to live life to the fullest, never letting a single moment pass you by.

Written by Davidson and Adam McDonough “Soaking Up Every Second” starts with guitar and drums to a tune that will easily have you on your feet in no time. The New Jersey native quickly joins in with her astounding vocals, once again showing off what vast range she has. While the track is upbeat and fun, it shares a powerful message.   It reminds us that we shouldn’t wish our lives away by continuously counting down the days until the next big thing. Instead, we should be enjoying every second of the journey we are currently on, no matter where it may take us.

 “I’ve been waiting at the station / But when the train comes I ain’t gonna take it / Life is rolling set in motion / But I’m gonna stop here in my tracks / I won’t wish away my life, waste away my time / I just want to make the most of where I’m headed /  I’m soaking up every second”

This is the second single released by Davidson this year, “Live Laugh Love” was released in May. While “Soaking Up Every Second” has a different tune from the rock-country anthem, they both share the similarity of showing off the singer-songwriter’s talent to cowrite powerful music.

Kalie Shorr Lauren Davidson

To hear this one live along with some of your favorite covers be sure to grab tickets to catch Lauren Davidson when she performs on our Manhattan By Sail Country Edition with Kalie Shorr on October 11th.

To keep up with Davidson follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

“Soaking Up Every Second” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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Lauren Davidson Releases “Live Laugh Love”

Lauren Davidson Live Laugh Love

We are all familiar with the quote “Live, Laugh, Love,” but rising country singer Lauren Davidson gives the saying a whole new meaning. Davidson’s first track of 2019 is one you’ll be listening to all summer long.

“Live Laugh Love” is written by Davidson, Jason Harmor and Cristian Castro. The song is not what we are used to hearing from the singer. Her EP “Ballads“ is filled with slower tracks that showcase Davidson’s range, while this track shows the artist’s edgier side as it’s a mix of rock and roll, pop, and country.

The song is completely relatable for anyone who has gone through or going through a breakup and is finally ready to step out and find someone new. Grabbing their girls and heading out for a fun night. We can totally see this one as a perfect pre-game song or blasting it on your way out.

“I’m gonna live, laugh, love, / Get all dolled up / Gonna paint this town red with my lipstick tonight / Ain’t gonna shoot them down / Gonna make my rounds / Tossin’ some back with every guy in sight / I’m gonna live, laugh, love, / And leave ya.”

The singer-songwriter is a Swag Spotlight alum, read her story here and check out our Swag Session with Davidson from last summer below.

To keep up with Davidson follower her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

“Live Laugh Love” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

NYCountry Swag’s 2nd Annual ‘Babes, Booze & Brunch’ Recap

 

Sunday (Mar 10.), New York Country Swag hosted its 2nd annual ‘Babes, Booze & Brunch’ event at Refinery Rooftop.  This event which celebrates all women in honor of International Women’s Day is a great way to acknowledge our family, friends, industry partners and followers who inspire us every single day.

 

Babes, Booze & Brunch

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The day kicked off with VIP guests arriving at 11 AM, grabbing their custom made champagne glasses and heading to our mimosa and bloody mary bar to create their own one of a kind cocktails.

 

Babes, Booze & Brunch

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Once again, Nomi Beauty was on site to beautify our guests by adding braids and curls to their hair and Nails by Mandy added glitz and glam to their nails. To welcome guests, DJ Artie from DJ’s @ Work was spinning some of the best songs performed by females in all different genres.

 

Babes, Booze & Brunch

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Our general admission guests arrived at noon and our sold-out brunch had officially begun. Local New York/New Jersey country artist Lauren Davidson was back again this year to kick off the live music portion and performed not only a few of her original songs including “To The Moon and Back” and “Pouring Rain,” but also sang an incredible version of Maren Morris’ “GIRL” which was perfectly fitting for our day of celebrating all of the ladies in the room. Her mash-up of Spice Girls “Wannabe” and Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time” had the entire room of guests singing along, loving every moment.

 

Babes, Booze & Brunch

NYCountry Swag Founder, Stephanie Wagner and Managing Editor, Christina Bosch

 

After a brief introduction and thanks to our partners, In Good Company Hospitality, Refinery Rooftop, Refinery Hotel, Nomi Beauty, Nash FM 94.7 and all of the Swag Bag contributors; BBR Music Group, UMG, Warner Music Nashville, Sony Music Nashville, and Dennis Entertainment, Christina and Stephanie welcomed to the stage someone who we are so excited to have back in New York City, NASH FM DJ and personality, Kelly Ford.

 

Babes, Booze and Brunch

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Ford took the stage to thank the country music fans in the room for being so loyal and passionate and for listening to NASH FM 94.7.  She introduced our headliner, Stephanie Quayle saying: “This will be one of those moments that the passionate New York and New Jersey fans will remember. We know how you support artists and you’ll want to support this one. I’m good on the bandwagon thing, I get on early and this one is going to be a huge star.”

 

Babes, Booze & Brunch

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Quayle took the stage to entertain our guests by performing true country music, singing “Seflish”, and her latest single “If I Was A Cowboy”. She had the crowd singing along during her cover of Jon Pardi’s “Dirt On My Boots”.  She played a few songs that she had never played before during her set, giving our guests and followers a sneak peek at brand new music. “Growing up in Montana, and to know that New York has this country music swag, it’s just growing and it’s so special to see so many fans of country music that want more,” she exclaimed.

 

Babes, Booze & Brunch

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After the live music, guests continued the party by heading to our photobooth and taking pictures and dancing to the great girl power anthems.

 

Babes, Booze & Brunch

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As the ladies left, they grabbed their Swag Bags which were filled with merch from five different major music labels and all of their artists. We want to thank all of our partners, and everyone who supports New York Country Swag and allows us to host incredible events like ‘Babes, Booze & Brunch’.

Make sure to check out the recap video above and check out more photos from the incredible day on our Facebook here:

 

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Exclusive Premiere: Lauren Davidson’s Cozy Christmas Song “We’re Just Warming Up”

Premiering exclusively on New York Country Swag today and available everywhere tomorrow, our Swag Spotlight Lauren Davidson is releasing a toasty, original Christmas song. Referencing the classics like “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “Jingle Bells” and Santa checking his list twice, the creative tune helps the listener to see the perfect image of a couple cozying up to keep warm during the cold, wintery, holiday season.

“Break out the mistletoe, we ain’t got no place to go, cause baby it’s cold outside / stay in our pajamas, I’ll pour some wine and then we’ll play Sinatra’s Christmas 45 / If Santa would slip down that chimney, I bet we could make that big boy blush / but you and me, we ain’t in no rush, we’re just warming up”

Lauren Davidson

Davidson wrote the track with another one of the local New York City artists and fellow Swag Spotlights, Tommy Cole.  We caught the two perform the classic holiday duet “Baby It’s Cold Outside” last year in New Jersey at The Country Christmas Showdown. Davidson shares “Tommy and I had such a blast last Christmas covering “Baby Its Cold Outside” and his love for the holiday was so contagious I just knew we had to write a Christmas song together.  I love writing with Tommy and we had written a few songs together already when I approached him about wanting to write a holiday tune.  He threw this idea out, the title- “We’re Just Warming Up” and we started brainstorming ideas and next thing I knew the song was finished.  I love that this song is the first release of the songs we’ve written together over this past year- it feels full circle for me.”

To hear more from Davidson check out her latest EP Ballads, and listen to the holiday track below and stream/buy it everywhere music is available tomorrow.

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NYCS First Impression: Lauren Davidson ‘Ballads’

Lauren Davidson Ballads

CMA artist Lauren Davidson is a New York City/New Jersey-based singer-songwriter that is getting the attention of everyone around her. She tells us in a recent interview is inspired daily by artists from all genres of music including Contemporary Country, Rock, and Pop. Because of this her music has a little something for everyone in it. Last Friday Davidson released her second EP Ballads, the first time she has released new music since 2016.

Fans got a glimpse into the new EP back in June when she released “Pouring Rain”, which quickly became her most-streamed song on Spotify to-date, already raking up more than 17,000 streams. In the song, Davidson tells how she has learned life is not a bed of roses and not always fair. She has been “walking in the pouring rain trying to wash away this aching pain”. The strong chorus kicks in and is bound to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. It is catchy, has a great rhythm, and meaningful lyrics.  She also joined the New York Country Swag team for a Live Swag Session to sing the new song for our followers.  Watch the full Swag Session below.

The opening track “Just A Memory” starts with Davidson’s powerful vocals as she starts to describe the feeling of being held by a loved one that is now just a memory. Experiencing a first love at 17, she prays that these little memories will always stay with her. While the song is a more upbeat ballad than normal, the meaning and lyrics are hopeful and powerful. It’s a perfect track to introduce the EP. “Hole in My Heart” shows another contrasting side to Davidson. This break-up ballad showcases her soft side while bringing deep lyrics that hit hard.

To top off the EP, Lauren Davidson delivers an upbeat, unrequited love song, “To The Moon And Back”. From the very beginning the guitar riffs that open the song immediately pull you in. The song highlights the ability to love someone completely if they would only let you. It’s a simple concept that her fans can relate to, inspiring repeat spins.

This EP shows off Davidson’s ability to create a well-rounded EP all the while keeping in the theme of ‘ballads’. “Ballads” puts her unique and powerful voice on display, take a listen to the songs below and follow Lauren Davidson on Instagram to stay caught up and be on the lookout for a new single soon.

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Lauren Davidson

The warm weather is back (finally!), so we filmed our next Swag Session right in the middle of Times Square with local New York City/New Jersey country artist Lauren Davidson.  Davidson played “I’ll Drink To That” then premiered a brand new single which was released this Friday, June 22nd under Skyfall Sony. Watch the full Swag Session below and to learn more about Lauren Davidson in our Swag Spotlight Feature with her here.

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NYCS Swag Spotlight: Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Carolyn Miller is our next Swag Spotlight.  Just like Tommy Cole and Lauren Davidson, Miller is pursuing a career in country music by growing her fanbase up north and taking frequent trips down to Nashville for meetings and songwriting sessions.  She tells us in a recent phone interview that like most performers, she was performing before she even knew it.  “When I was 2 in church if my parents blinked I would run up onto the altar, as I  got older they just realized it was I just loved to perform and be in front of people,” she laughs.

Besides not having the typical ‘growing up on a farm’ experience, Miller also went a different route during her early years, acting for television and Broadway. Starting with local community theater when she was merely six years old, and being signed to a top children’s talent manager when she was eight, Miller has worked professionally since then, working on a national commercial with Rosie O’Donnell, voiceover work for Jenifer Lopez’s perfume, landed a role in Daredevil with Ben Affleck and guest starred in Law and Order SVU.  All of this before she exited her teen years, Miller was accepted to the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College on scholarship.  After graduating college she was inspired by some friends who were posting cover videos on YouTube. She gathered some friends, Mikel James and David Wong and they recorded their own version of A Great Big World’s “Say Something”. Within 48 hours the video garnered over thirty thousand views, reaching now almost a hundred thousand views.

The exposure from the YouTube cover lit a fire under her to start exploring the recording artist side of her passion, something she had never really thought about before.  Although she grew up on Long Island, which did not have a country radio station for almost 20 years, she recalls seeing Carrie Underwood win American Idol and being hooked.  “the reason why I connect with it so much is country music is so real, honest, authentic, it tells a story, it’s vulnerable and it has something to say and there is always a purpose,” she explains.  “Coming from my acting background I love authentic stories and I love really getting up and singing I don’t want beats and autotune, country is just that real beautiful pure genre of music.”

After a chance meeting with Russ DeSalvo who has produced Celine Dion and Lionel Richie, Miller started working with him on her debut EP which will be out this summer. The EP features five songs that songwriters in Nashville, LA, and NY wrote, songs that she felt spoke to her.  She looks forward to honing her songwriting craft and performing songs in her live shows and for future albums that she has written herself.

Her background in performing and acting has given her the foundation in this industry to move at a much faster pace than someone just starting out. “I learned discipline, dedication and work ethic from the time I was 8 years old. I understand how it works, I’ve been exposed to it all from a young age,” she tells us. “Everything I’ve been through just proves to me that I know I am ready for this and I know this is what I am meant to be doing and the ups and downs of the industry are expected.”
Miller considers herself pop-country crossover, very New York City meets Nashville and is excited to release her debut EP, Unbreakable later this year.  While in NY she has performed at shows all around town, including the Country Christmas Showdown, was a Nash Next Finalist and is booking opening slots with bigger acts for the remainder of this year. “You have to live and eat and breathe and sleep your craft and feel it in your blood and DNA that there is no other option,” she thoughtfully exclaims.  “If that this is your happiness then you just know that this is what you are meant to do.”
Follow Carolyn Miller on her social media platforms, Facebook,  and Instagram, for announcements on upcoming shows and releases.

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Babes, Booze & Brunch

‘Babes, Booze & Brunch’ Full Recap/Photos

NYCountry Swag - Country Brunch Event

 

Sunday, March 11th, New York Country Swag hosted a brunch event celebrating our female family, friends, and followers, with ‘Babes, Booze & Brunch’. In case you missed the sold out event, check out pictures below of the spectacular day.

NYCountry Swag - Country Brunch Event

As soon as the elevator doors opened to the Refinery Rooftop at Refinery Hotel, guests were escorted to their tables which were adorned with beautiful roses and sparkly gold crowns to wear for the duration of the afternoon.

NOMI Beauty provided a braid bar, hooking our beautiful female guests up with some rockin’ new braid hairstyles. While Art Nail NYC added pizzaz to our guest’s nails at their nail art station.

 

NYCountry Swag - Country Brunch Event

DJ Artie of DJ’s @ Work got the afternoon started by spinning hits from our Girl Power Spotify Playlist, while guests enjoyed build-your-own mimosas featuring Domaine Select’s Primaterra Prosecco, build-your-own Bloody Mary’s with 44 North Vodka, and brunched on bites from the incredible custom brunch menu Refinery Rooftop created for our special day.
NYCountry Swag - Country Brunch Event

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Our first performance on that sunny, glorious spring day was Lauren Davidson.  Davidson, who was one of our Swag Spotlight Artists, sang her original songs “Don’t Stop” as well as “I’ll Drink to That” and did an incredible cover of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5”.
 NYCountry Swag - Country Brunch Event
After a quick shout out to our sponsors and all of the supportive women in the room by our New York Country Swag Leaders, Founder Stephanie Wagner and Managing Editor Christina Bosch, they introduced our headliner, Hannah Ellis.
NYCountry Swag - Country Brunch Event
Ellis, who hails from Nashville, originally from Kentucky, brought the girl power to the stage, singing her latest single “ILY So What”, a song she wrote with Russell Dickerson that is currently on his album; “Would You Love Me”, and even put her very own spin on the new Maren Morris/Zedd collab, “The Middle”.
NYCountry Swag - Country Brunch Event
Guests left the day pampered and feeling empowered. Each guest took home a Swag Bag which featured some incredible goodies including an autographed Jason Aldean Vinyl Record courtesy of BBR Music Group, Redbull, Phone Wallets & Bandanas courtesy of Sony Music, a Free Ride with Swerve Fitness, a free appetizer at Opry City Stage and a few additional special surprises!
NYCountry Swag - Country Brunch Event
Thank You to everyone who joined us for such a special day!  Check out more pictures from the amazing event on our Facebook here and don’t forget to follow the page for more upcoming events plus all things country music in the New York metro area and beyond.
NYCountry Swag - Country Brunch Event

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Lauren Davidson

Swag Spotlight: Lauren Davidson

Lauren Davidson

Highlighting the first of our local New York country artists, our Swag Spotlight this week is Lauren Davidson.  Growing up in Freehold, NJ (where Bruce Springsteen is from), Davidson was always surrounded by music.  Her father was a singer-songwriter and frequently played piano and guitar around the house. He would sing her to sleep as a child, she recalls.  Country music, however, was not an early influence that Davidson remembers.  “Growing up we listened to a lot of Billy Joel, Carol King, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac (I’m a huge fan of them and Stevie Nicks) and a lot of singer-songwriter music which I think has really influenced my songwriting style as well,” she explains. That all changed after being cast in a show at Hershey Park her last year in college.  Having spent her time performing on stage in theater productions all through high school and college, this country music review she was cast in would be a change for her.

“The production company was from Nashville and the first day of rehearsal instead of being all theatrical and learning your show they sat us in a circle and played a country music playlist and gave us the history of country music and ever since then I loved country music,” Davidson explains.  Thinking back, she can remember the exact moment when she fell in love with the genre.  “The last song that they played was Dolly Parton’s original version of ‘I Will Always Love You’ and I will never forget the entire cast sitting there in tears. We were all just so moved by the emotion of the song,” she tells us. “The original intention and arrangement made me connect to songwriters and that Nashville scene.”

After college, she moved to New York City, connected with musicians, and decided it was time to start writing her own music and performing. “It’s not necessarily the traditional southern roots and dirt roads, but my music tells my story,” she says of her lyrics.  She writes from an honest place, realizing how the country music genre is changing and how all different genres are now blending, pushing boundaries, and are still being considered under the country music umbrella. “The fans are so accepting and loyal, it is such a great community to be a part of,” she tells us.

A huge decision for Davidson when choosing to pursue country music was whether to stay in New York or to move to Nashville.  She has always dreamed of living in Manhattan. Being in New York allows her to live that dream and be a big fish in a small pond.  “I have a lot of opportunities here that I wouldn’t necessarily have if I was in Nashville and I get to open for a lot of artists that come through town and meet a lot of people,” she says on her decision.

In the past, she has opened for artists such as LoCash, Justin Moore and Craig Campbell. Next month, Davidson has an opening slot for Tyler Farr’s New Jersey stop at Starland Ballroom. “It is like having a master class in performing or storytelling or whatever the experience is. It is really great to see some of these artists so close up and then be able to connect with their fans.  It is one of my favorite things,” she says.  Specifically, Davidson has opened for several artists that have played for our New York Country Swag including Russell Dickerson, Brandon Ray, and Mo Pitney.

She tries to get down to Nashville as often as she can to take meetings, play shows around town and arrange cowrites but for now New York is her home.  The country scene is growing by the day in New York, Davidson explains she has seen an immense difference since Nash FM 94.7 came to the metro area.

Looking to the future and the new year, she hopes to play shows in new places and definitely get into the studio to record more of her music releasing a new single in March.  Be sure to follow Lauren on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Country Christmas Showdown

Country Christmas Showdown Featuring NY/NJ Local Artists

Country Christmas Showdown

Some of New York and New Jersey’s greatest local country artists came together last night at Maxwell’s Tavern for Country Christmas Showdown. Radio personality Matt Burrill of Magic 98.3 hosted the event introducing each of the artists before their set.

Country Christmas Showdown

The lineup included an acoustic, songwriter round featuring Tommy Cole, Ben O’Connor and Keith Eric with Fred Fencke.  Each of the men took turns telling stories about their original songs and playing them for the packed crowd of fans.

Country Christmas Showdown

Next up was Carolyn Miller, October Rose and Jessica Rose who each took the stage separately to spread Christmas cheer and showcase their newest original songs.

Country Christmas

 

Headliners Spinn and Lauren Davidson kept the party going then Tommy Cole joined Davidson on stage for the crowd pleaser “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.

Country CHristmas

Closing out the night all of the performers came together to perform “Christmas (Baby Come Home)”.  The group of performers are truly a group of friends who support each other and came together to celebrate the holidays in the best way.

Country Christmas

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